Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), known professionally as Olamide (but popularly called Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh), is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist.[1] He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles "First of All", "Voice of the Street", "Stupid Love", and "Ilefo Illuminati". On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album's singles include "Durosoke" and "Yemi My Lover". On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.[2]

Birth nameOlamide Adedeji
Born (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 31)
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
GenresHip hop
Years active2011–present
LabelsYBNL Nation
Associated acts

Early life and musical beginningEdit

Olamide was born in Bariga, Lagos State on the 15th of March, 1989. In 2000, he decided to pursue a career in music. When asked why music, he said: "I found out I was gifted in it so I had to explore it. It's my life, my hustle, my world". In 2010, Olamide released ‘Eni Duro’ under the Coded Tunes record label which he was signed unto at the time. The song received nationwide critical acclaim and instantly shot Olamide to limelight.[3] In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards.[1] He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education.[4] In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi.

Music careerEdit

Olamide performing at the first edition of his OLIC concert.

He was signed to ID Cabasa's Coded Tunes record label and was managed by Toni Payne.[1] In 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label YBNL Nation.[5]


Olamide's debut album Rapsodi was released in 2011. Its lead single "Omo To Shan" charted on several radio stations in Lagos and across Nigeria. Olamide's debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D'banj.[citation needed]


Olamide's second studio album YBNL was released in November 2012. Its production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. The album features guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. It was supported by the singles "Ilefo Illuminati", "First of All", "Stupid Love" and "Voice of the Street".[6]

Improbable record deal with DB recordsEdit

In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal with DB Records. Olamide took to Twitter to debunk the reports.[7] In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV's The Juice, he said that it is too late for anyone to sign him.[8]

Joint Venture Deal With EMPIREEdit

Olamide revealed to the public on 18th of February, 2020 that his record label, YBNL Nation has signed a Joint Venture deal with international distribution company [1], Empire. He further stated that Fireboy DML, and any new artiste signed to YBNL Nation will join him to benefit from the deal.


Studio albumsEdit

Collaborative albums and EPsEdit

  • 2 Kings (with Phyno) (2015)
  • YBNL Mafia Family (2018)
  • 999 (EP) (2020)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2018 The Headies Best Street-Hop Artiste Wo Nominated
Best Rap Album The Glory Nominated
Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Song of the Year Wo Nominated
Headies' Viewer's Choice Nominated [9]
2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) Album of the Year Eyan Mayweather Won [10]
Rap Act of the Year Himself Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Rap Artist of the Year Himself Won
The Headies 2015 Best Street-Hop Artiste Won
Artiste of The Year Won
Best Pop Single "Bobo" Nominated
TooXclusive Awards 2015 Certified Banger of The Year Shakiti Bobo Won
Video Wonder of The Year Melo Melo Won
Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Male Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Best Street Hop Track Shakiti Bobo Nominated
'Reggae Blues'

(HarrySong featuring Olamide, KCee, Iyanya & Orezi)


(Olamide & Phyno featuring Lil Kesh)

Best Hip-Hop Track 'Local Rappers'

(Reminisce featuring Olamide & Phyno)

Mixtape of The Year '2 Kings'

(Olamide & Phyno)

Album of The Year Street OT Won
2014 The Headies 2014 Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Best Rap Album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Won
Album of the Year Won
Best Rap Single "Dope Money"
(featuring Phyno)
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted West "Turn Up" Won [11]
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [12]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Hip Hop Nominated [13]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated [14]
Rap Artiste of the Year Nominated
Most Popular Song of the Year "Eleda Mi" Nominated
Rap Album of the Year Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Male Artist Himself Nominated [15]
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards Video of the Year "Durosoke" Nominated [16]
Best Afro Hip Hop Video Won
The Headies 2013 Song of the Year Nominated [17]
Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste Won
Best Rap Single Nominated
"Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Lyricist on the Roll "Voice of the Streets" Nominated
Best Rap Album YBNL Won
Album of the Year Won
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Won [18]
Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [19]
Music Video of the Year "Voice of the Street" Nominated
Best Indigenous Artiste Himself Won [18]
Best Collabo "Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
2012 The Headies 2012 Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Himself Nominated [20]
Best Rap Single "Young Erikina" Nominated
Best Rap Album Rapsodi Nominated
2011 The Headies 2011 Next Rated Himself Nominated

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (13 July 2013). "Checkout Top Three Artiste That Run And Rule The Nigerian Music Industries". Premium Times. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Olamide Biography: Things You Didn't Know about Him". nigerianfinder. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ Falae, Vivian (9 June 2017). "Biography of ★ Baddo ★: early life, career and MORE". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ The NET on (3 July 2012). "Olamide leaves ID Cabassa's Coded Tunes – DailyPost Nigeria". Dailypost.com.ng. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ Akinloye, Dimeji (12 February 2013). "OLAMIDE – YBNL [Album Review". Hip Hop World Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ Mgbolu, Charles (13 May 2013). "Nigeria: I'm Not Signed to D'Banj's Record Label, Olamide Reveals". allAfrica.com. Vanguard. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. ^ "D'banj Never Talk Well Well: Olamide Denies Being Signed To DB Records". 360Nobs.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  9. ^ Ohunyon, Ehis. "Wizkid, Davido, Simi and Mayorkun are among the big winners at the 12th edition of the Headies Music Awards". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  10. ^ "NEA 2016: Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Kiss Daniel, others win big". PulseNg. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  11. ^ Marshall, Rhodé (5 September 2014). "Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  12. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  14. ^ Jasanya, Olamide (24 June 2014). "Who won what at City People Entertainment Awards 2014". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  15. ^ "D'banj, Tuface, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Davido, Kcee Nominated at World Music Awards". Channelstv.com. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Flavour is biggest winner at Nigerian Music Video Awards 2013". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Olamide Heads The Headies". Thisday. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  18. ^ a b Alonge, Osagie (3 September 2013). "Olamide emerges biggest winner at NEA 2013 [Full Winners List]". Nigeria Entertainment Today. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  19. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2013). "Nigerian Entertainment Award announces 2013 nominees". Premium Times. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  20. ^ Elebe, Dami (29 August 2012). "Headies Awards 2012". Connectnigeria.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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